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News and Publication Announcements from 2019
  • WEI-UNFPA Guidelines book cover

    WEI and the United Nations Population Fund announce a new publication. Women and Young Persons with Disabilities: Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Funded by the Government of Spain and officially launched on November 28, 2018, these guidelines aim to provide practical and concrete guidelines for making GBV and SRHR services more inclusive of and accessible to women and young persons with disabilities and for targeting interventions to meet their disability-specific needs.  

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  • October 25, 2019  WEI Comments on USAID Policy on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Women Enabled International submitted comments on the USAID Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) draft policy that seek to center the needs of women and girls with disabilities within the implementation of the policy. The draft’s recognition of disability as a particularly vulnerable group for sexual exploitation and abuse should be maintained and expanded upon in the context of aid workers in conflict zones or regions experiencing humanitarian crises. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • October 2, 2019  WEI and The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the United States. This submission addresses some of the violations women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities in the U.S. face, including barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services; forced reproductive health interventions; high rates of gender-based violence; and violations of their right to parent.  The submission provides targeted questions and recommendations for the U.S.’s UPR in May 2020. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • October 1, 2019  WEI and DIWA Joint Submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Malawi. This submission focuses on access to justice, education, sexual and reproductive health services and employment and on violence against women with disabilities in Malawi, who disproportionately face violations of their rights in these contexts. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women

  • September 16, 2019  Mexicanas Con Discapacidad and WEI Submit Shadow Letter on Mexico to the Human Rights Committee. This shadow letter focuses on rights violations that disproportionately or uniquely affect women and girls with disabilities in Mexico including discrimination and harmful stereotypes; gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive rights violations, and a lack of access to justice to address these violations. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women

  • August 30, 2019 Submission to the Working Group on the issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice: The Rights of Women with Disabilities in the World of Work. This submission addresses the barriers and exclusion faced by women with disabilities to realizing their right to work. The submission outlines key rights violations, including the lack of data collection and research, and offers recommendations that we hope will inform the Working Group’s forthcoming report on Women's Human Rights in the Changing World of Work. Read more at Our Work: Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice

  • August 9, 2019  Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Good Practices for Increasing Effective Access to Justice for Women and Girls with Disabilities. This submission informs the Special Rapporteur on good practices to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities, addresses global good practices for ensuring effective access to justice for women and girls with disabilities and gives recommendations that we hope will help inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report. Read more at Our Work: Access to Justice

  • July 26, 2019 Mexicanas Con Discapacidad and WEI Submit Preliminary Shadow Letter to the CRPD Committee for Its Upcoming Review of Mexico. This document analyzes the status of the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Mexico, with an emphasis on human rights violations including gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive rights, legal capacity, political participation, discrimination in education and a lack of data and statistics. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women

  • June 21, 2019 WEI, Federation for Women and Family Planning, ONE.pl and independent researchers Agnieszka Król and Agnieszka Wołowicz Submission to the Committee Against Torture for its Review of Poland. This submission to the Committee against Torture highlights two reproductive rights violations of particular concern in Poland: the lack of access to safe and legal abortion for all women and the forced and coerced sterilization of women and girls with disabilities. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • May 17, 2019 WEI Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Health: Medical Education and Health Workforce Strengthening. This submission is intended to inform the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health's forthcoming report to the U.N. General Assembly. The submission outlines the impact of inadequate health worker training on the rights of women and girls with disabilities, highlights good practices, and suggests indicators to assess and monitor progress towards improving health worker education. Read more at Our Work: Health, Including Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • May 17, 2019 Women with Disabilities Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women: Mistreatment and Violence in Reproductive Health Care, including Facility-Based Childbirth. This submission outlines the causes, forms, and consequences of violence against women and girls with disabilities in reproductive health care settings. It highlights that women and girls with disabilities are subjected to forced reproductive health interventions, encounter abuse in maternity care, and are more often stripped of parental rights due to discrimination, lack of provider training, and the inaccessibility of facilities and information. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • April 15, 2019 WEI Submission on Older Women with Disabilities to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This submission focuses on human rights issues faced by older women with disabilities, including gender-based violence, institutionalization, gaps in social protection, and barriers to accessing health care. This submission provides data on these issues, an analysis of existing standards, and recommendations to States on how to ensure the rights of older women with disabilities. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • Feb. 15, 2019 WEI Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions: Report on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officials on persons with psychosocial, intellectual or developmental disabilities. This submission, which seeks to inform the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions's next report, highlights how gender and disability-related discrimination and stereotypes can lead to extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary killings of women with disabilities—particularly intellectual, psychosocial, or developmental disabilities—by law enforcement or in state-run institutions. Read more at Our Work: Violence Against Women
  • Feb. 14, 2019 WEI and Disability Rights International Submission to the CEDAW Committee for its half-day of general discussion on trafficking in the context of migration. This submission to the CEDAW Committee to inform its half-day of general discussion on February 22, 2019, to prepare for the elaboration by the CEDAW Committee of a General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration focuses on the trafficking of women and girls with disabilities. Read more at Our Work: CEDAW committee

  • Jan 28, 2019 WEI Supports Submission of Shadow Letters to the CEDAW Committee WEI worked with partners focused on Colombia, Serbia, and the United Kingdom to submit important information to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on rights violations committed against women and girls with disabilities in these three countries. These submissions will inform the CEDAW Committee’s upcoming periodic reviews of women’s rights in Colombia, Serbia, and the UK, occurring in February 2019. Read these letters at Our Work: CEDAW committee

  • Jan. 28, 2019 / 18 de Enero de 2019 WEI, La Liga Colombiana de Autismo, Asdown Colombia, Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social, and Profamilia Submission to the CEDAW Committee for its Review of Colombia / Presentación de WEI, La Liga Colombiana de Autismo, Asdown Colombia, Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social y Profamilia ante el Comité CEDAW en el marco de su Revisión Periódica sobre Colombia. This submission outlines human rights violations in Colombia that uniquely or disproportionately affect women with disabilities, as compared to other women. In particular, the submission documents that Colombian law allows women with disabilities to be stripped of legal capacity, which is a human rights violation in itself and also heightens the risk of other violations, including forced reproductive health interventions and denials of access to justice. / La presentación resume las violaciones de derechos humanos que afectan a las mujeres con discapacidad en Colombia de forma única y desproporcionada en comparación con otras mujeres. En particular, explica que la ley colombiana aún permite que las mujeres con discapacidad sean despojadas de su capacidad jurídica, lo que no solo constituye una violación de derechos humanos en sí misma, sino que además aumenta el riesgo de otras violaciones, como intervenciones forzosas en el ámbito de su salud reproductiva y denegaciones de acceso a la justicia. Read more at Our Work: CEDAW commitee
  • Jan. 25, 2019 WEI and Sisters of Frida Submission to the CEDAW Committee for its Review of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This submission documents rights violations that uniquely or disproportionately affect women with disabilities in the United Kingdom (UK). Read more
  • Jan 17, 2019 Making CSW Events Accessible to and Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities. This document provides practical tips to organizations that will be holding events during the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), being held from March 11-22, 2019, on how to ensure that those events are accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities. WEI staff also presented on this topic and distributed this document at the January NGO CSW Meeting.

    Making Your CSW Parallel Event Accessible to Persons with Disabilities.pdf

    Making Your CSW Parallel Event Accessible to Persons with Disabilities.docx


  • Jan. 14, 2019 Submission on Women, Girls, and Non-binary Persons with Disabilities in the United States of America for the Human Rights Committee's List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR). This is a preliminary submission that provides a brief overview of some of the civil and political rights violations facing women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities in the U.S.  This submission provides a brief factual overview of the violations women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities face concerning sexual and reproductive health, parenting, gender-based violence, and incarceration. It further provides suggestions for questions that the Human Rights Committee could include in its LOIPR on these topics as they affect women, girls, and nonbinary persons with disabilities. This submission was drafted by Women Enabled International and endorsed by Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at the CUNY School of Law, Inclusion International, U.S. International Council on Disability (USICD), World Institute on Disability, and Robin Wilson-Beattie.

    WEI LOIPR Submission to Human Rights Committee on the United States January 14, 2019 FINAL.pdf

    WEI LOIPR Submission to Human Rights Committee on the United States January 14, 2019 FINAL.docx

 

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